ANTICIPATORY SENSORS FOR COLLISION AVOIDANCE AND CRASH PROTECTION AS APPLIED TO VEHICLE SAFETY RESEARCH

Considerable effort has been expended in recent years to develop anticipatory crash sensors-effective means of detecting motor vehicle collisions immediately prior to occurrence. If the potential crash is sensed early enough, evasive action may be instituted to avoid the accident. If technical or dynamic considerations limit the warning time to a very short interval, benefits can still be obtained through initiation of passive restraint deployment significantly earlier than would otherwise be the case, extending the effectiveness of such systems to higher impact speeds than are now tolerable. The latter case-restraint system deployment- is more readily defined, and is discussed here in terms of research directed toward delineation of operational requirements, optimal means of realization, and performance characteristics. Research which has been reported by a number of investigators will be described. Collision avoidance is a more complex topic, in that no consensus yet exists as to explicit performance objectives. Research into possible operating modes and technical realizations will be discussed, with emphasis on inherent sensor requirements in each case. Topics appropriate to future research will be indicated. /Author/

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  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: p. 333-351

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00096381
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT HS-820 306
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 30 1975 12:00AM